Charles Gibson

Active - 1975 - 2006  |   Born - Mar 9, 1943 in Evanston, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Culture & Society [nf], Leisure Arts [nf], Music [nf], Science & Technology [nf], Sports & Recreation [nf]

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Born March 9th, 1943, TV news anchor Charles Gibson originally planned to study law when he was attending Princeton University, but during his tenure as news director for the university radio station, he changed his direction toward journalism. He would work as a news anchor in Lynchburg, VA, before joining ABC News in 1975, carving out a niche for himself covering the House of Representatives. He would go on to help host World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20, and Good Morning America, before hosting World News with Charles Gibson in 2005. During that time, he would co-moderate a 2008 presidential debate. In 2009, Gibson announced his retirement, leaving the anchor desk at World News to Diane Sawyer.

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  • While attending Princeton, he served as news director for the campus radio station.
  • First broadcasting job was as a producer for the Washington, D.C., bureau of RKO Radio Network.
  • Played himself in the 2002 film The Rookie.
  • In 2007, established an annual scholarship for students in need at Union College in Schenectady, NY; the scholarship is named after his father, Burdett Gibson.
  • Comoderated a 2008 presidential debate.
  • Began hosting ABC's World News in 2005; retired in 2009, and Diane Sawyer replaced him as the World News anchor.